From: ACTSNYC**At_Symbol_Here**CS.COM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Need a consulting organic chemist on safety issue
Date: December 1, 2012 7:16:12 PM EST
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Wellllllll,  I'll answer those questions, but in doing so, you will know what theater we are talking about.

1.  I assure you, this stage has taken far heavier loads. 

2.  Can't make it look like it's full from the audience.  The audience will have views from the orchestra and five tiers of balconies above.  And many will be using little binoculars--that are called by another name in this house.

3. Whatever the cosumes look like, they will be rolled up and people's feet and lower legs will get wet.

4.  There are plot reasons why the size and volume have to be what they are.  We can't really get into this part of the problem   Ours is not to question why.  Ours is to find a way to make it work.  If there is another way around it, scenic designers, special effects and lighting people will come up with better solutions that any of use to work out in our vildest dreams.


In a message dated 12/1/2012 6:09:22 PM Eastern Standard Time, jclewin**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU writes:

Rather than heat, I'd look at cooling between shows.

But in the end I think disinfection is an unlikely solution.

I'd focus on:

Can the set and effect be done with less than 1500 gallons of blood.  And, I hope the set designers have looked at the floor loads....that's 12,000 lbs+ of liquids and doesn't include the set itself or the actors.  Can the tank _look_ full?  If the audience watches blood flow from other parts of the set can it be recirculated? etc.

Can the amount of blood that is actually contaminated be reduced?  Designing the sets and working on blocking so that the blood the actors walk through isn't circulated with the rest of the blood.

And finally, can costumes put in some sort of waterproof barrier in the footwear and pants to reduce the contact with the skin?

Can you give us an overview of the set and scene?

Jeff Lewin
Biological Sciences
Michigan Tech University
(and 20+ years in technical community theatre)

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